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San Diego County Events for March 1 – 3

Explore something or somewhere new this weekend in San Diego County! The next three days in our area are filled with great events and activities.

San Diego county events this weekend

Spring Home Garden Show

Now in its 34th year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the Show). There will be hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales, and face-to-face consultations with top experts—all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside. The show focuses on San Diego-area experts, services, products, and businesses.

When: March 1 – 3
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free – $8
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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields open March 1! The ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and much, much more!

When: Open March 1
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $9 – $39
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Spring Busker Fest

The Busker Festival at Seaport Village celebrates the fascinating and unique talents of street performers who come from across the world to entertain us here in San Diego.

In its 13th year, this free event – California’s only busker festival – is a family-friendly spectacle and a beloved Seaport Village tradition.

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 | 12 – 6pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free
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First Friday Oceanside Art Walk

Oceanside Friends of the Arts hosts its monthly “First Friday Art Walk” at the Springhill Suites Marriott, a community event meant to highlight the arts culture in Oceanside. The free event will feature dancers, live music, local artists, custom jewelry vendors, and food and drink tastings.

When: Friday, 5 – 9pm
Where: Springhill Suites Marriott | 110 N. Myers Street, Oceanside
Cost: Free
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23rd Annual San Diego Bird Festival

The San Diego Audubon Society invites you to the San Diego Bird Festival, which celebrates the birds and habitats of San Diego county.

When: Feb 27 – Mar 3
Where: Marina Village Conference Center | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Varies
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St. Patricks Day Half Marathon

Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, and the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon.

When: Sunday, March 3 | 6am – 12pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon | Main Street & Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: $19-$69
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: DIY remodeling

In an effort to save money, some homeowners take on DIY projects, instead of hiring a professional.

But is it worth it?

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

San Diego County Events for January 25 – 27, 2019

Head over here to San Diego County this weekend — check out the Winter Home Remodeling Show, or a local play in La Mesa, or any one of these other great-sounding events!

San Diego county events this weekendPlay: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None

“In this classic Agatha Christie whodunit, ten people who have never met each other before are lured by a cryptic invitation to a deserted island and left stranded there. Ten little soldier statues sit on the mantelpiece, with a nursery rhyme that describes how each of the ten soldiers dies, “until there were none.” A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder — and then one of them drops dead. One down, nine to go. Can the other “soldiers” discover the identity of the murderer before they all fall prey to the trap?”

When: Jan. 11 – Feb. 10
Where: Lamplighters Community Theatre | 5915 Severin Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: $22
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San Diego Restaurant Week

Over 180 restaurants are offering deals for the eight days of San Diego Restaurant Week. Three-course dinners start at $20 and two-course lunches begin at $10.

When: January 20 – 27, 2019
Where: All over San Diego County
Cost: Starting at $10 for lunches and $20 for dinners
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San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

If you are a boater, check out the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show! They’ll have new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.

When: Jan 24 – 27
Where: Sunroad Resort Marina | 955 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $15 adults, children under 12 free
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Winter Home Remodeling Show

Get some serious inspiration for those home improvement projects this season at this expo at O’Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event will feature hundreds of exhibitors – from landscaping to remodeling – with some even offering discounts.

When: Friday — Sunday, Jan. 25 – 27
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free admission, parking $15
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The Festival of New Trumpet Music

The weeklong Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) West culminates with this free finale concert at downtown’s Quartyard. The concert will feature performances from the Euphoria Brass Band, Gilbert Castellanos Dia de los Muertos Suite and the Daniel Rosenboom Octet, showcasing trumpet stylings in Jazz, New Orleans and Slavic styles.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27 | 2 – 6pm
Where: Quartyard | 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: More homebuyers are DIYing than hiring professionals

“Although the majority of homeowners prefer the trusty hands of a professional, data suggests that “do it yourself” remodeling projects are on the rise.

diy home improvement

“In fact, the National Association of Realtors 2019 Remodeling Impact Report indicates that 53% of home projects were completed by a professional, whereas 47% were completed by a homeowner.” (Housing Wire. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47836-nar-diy-projects-now-competing-with-renovation-professionals. 3 January 2019)

Read more here: NAR: DIY projects now competing with renovation professionals

Money Monday: Paying for surprise repairs

Nearly half of homeowners have had to make (and pay for) an unexpected repair within the first year of owning their home. Do you have money set aside for a repair?

  • 12% had to use savings to pay for the majority of the home repair and/or improvement
  • 13% had to go into debt for the repair or improvement
  • 20% had to make sacrifices in other areas of life in order to pay for them
  • 52% were able to easily pay for the repair or improvement without going into debt, making other sacrifices or using savings

Making and paying for surprise home repairs

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Summertime features raise home prices

Homes with amenities geared toward summer activities hold high buyer appeal.

And in Southern California, it’s a perfect place to have some of these features incorporated into your home. If you’re thinking of selling, it just might help you fetch top dollar for your home!

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS | Summertime house features infographic

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: When to DIY or hire a professional

What to spend money on (and what to DIY) as a new homeowner

diy home improvement“After the thrill of buying a new home wears off, new owners can get overwhelmed thinking about all the new costs incurred.

“You may be tempted to outsource it all. But maybe you’re not made of money? Besides, there are things that are worth doing yourself.

“For homeowners embarking on something new, it may not be clear what to take care of or how, and when to try to do it yourself and when to call the pros.” Here are some guidelines from CNN:

What to spend money on (and what to DIY) as a new homeowner.

Money Monday: How Homeowners are Paying for Popular Projects

As a homeowner, you typically want to make the place your own by doing home improvements. But what projects are usually done? And for #MoneyMonday, we’ll look at how it’s paid for.

Projects are typically done on a large scale. Here’s what gets tackled:

  • 43% focus on outdoor projecs
  • 31% are bathroom remodels
  • 28% on the unfortunate home repairs
  • 26% done on kitchen remodels
  • 16% narrow in on the garage
  • 5% are about the pool

And how are they paying for it? A surprising 62% of homeowners tap into their savings! (Way to go, financially savvy owners!) For those who don’t have the cash resources, they turn to the following to cover their house project:

  • 30% use a credit card
  • 13% take out home equity line of credit
  • 10% use a vague “other” method of payment
  • 9% liquidate or pull money from investments
  • 5% use a home improvement loan

As far as what you should focus on if you’re thinking of improving your house for the purpose of putting it on the market? Here’s projects in 2017 that had the best resale ROI.

And call me if you’re selling in the San Diego County! I’d love to have an opportunity to interview for the position of selling your home! John A Silva — 619-890-3648.

This infographic can be found here at CAR.org.